Solved webxvid - video not opening

December 17, 2013 at 07:07:52
Specs: Windows 7, 512 Mb DDR
Hi i am using vaio laptop win7 OS. i had downloaded a movie and it was not opening. It says "need webxvid codec to open this movie". Even i installed it says again. please help.

Beekay


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#1
December 17, 2013 at 08:20:05
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Be careful with anything that says you need a specific codec, and the website for this particular one looks very suspect. Ones like this are often just scams and the original video may well not even be an actual movie. There was a spate of these a couple of years ago (can't remember the particular codec that was mentioned at that time) and that turned out to be just a way to get yourself infected.

My advice, delete the downloaded 'film', uninstall (if you can) the codec installer, and run a full scan of your system with Malwarebytes or similar. Then get your downloads from a respected site.

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#2
December 17, 2013 at 08:39:46
To largely repeat what johnr advised:

I hear alarm bells!! But first...
Which media player are you using to play the video?
If a codec is needed - such as for Windows Media Player, be careful. Loads of bogus/malicious sites and dodgy downloads out there.

Safest option is to install a decent media player: VLC player is pretty much universally recommended. It's free and will play just about any media format under the sun. It doesn't require additional codecs.
Get it here:http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Back to the alarm bells: Be extremely careful of anything that prompts you to download a codec, player, driver or whatever, in order to open or view a file you've downloaded.
Often, you end up with a ton of adware/spyware/browser hijackers, toolbars etc - and that's if you're lucky!

Post back with more details.
You could well be ok and the codec prompt could be genuine - otherwise you need to take prompt action to clean up an infected PC.


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#3
December 18, 2013 at 04:49:15
Thanks...! u r 100% correct. I will do the same.

Beekay


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